Rather than surrendering myself to destiny,
I would like to control and create my own destiny.
My name is Tohru Minamino and I have been appointed to preside over the Department of Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine at the Graduate School of Medicine of Juntendo University.
This department started in 1968 under the presidency of Professor Kazuo Kitamura with the establishment of internal medicine as a separate area of specialization. Thereafter, under Professor Hiroshi Yamaguchi, who was a pioneer of coronary angiography, it developed into a base for diagnosis and treatment of ischemic heart disease. Under Professor Hiroyuki Daida, it further developed into a department that provides advanced cardiovascular care in a wide range of fields. I would like to continue developing the department while maintaining traditional values and incorporating new ideas.
In fact, my childhood aspirations were to pursue a career in medicine, in particular to become a family doctor and support the medical care of local residents. However, through various experiences such as training and medical treatment at university hospitals and related hospitals, medical research at home and abroad, education for medical students, resident doctors and graduate students at universities, my desire to contribute to providing a wide range of medical practice for more patients and developing new diagnostic and treatment methods grew. In order to realize that dream, I would like to nurture many excellent human resources by maximizing the abilities of medical students, enhancing medical care centered on university hospitals, and conducting innovative medical research, thereby contributing to medical care in Japan and around the world. In addition, my goal is to disseminate new medical knowledge and insights to the world.
I decided to study telomere / telomerase and vascular aging after I came across a review article one day. I don't know if this can be called chance or fate. However, I always think, "Nothing happens by chance. Rather than surrendering myself to destiny, I would like to control and create my own destiny”.
The aforementioned was the past 20 years of my life that I wanted to share with you.
Career, awards, etc.
Graduated from Chiba University, School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine (University of Tokyo)
Harvard Medical School, Research Fellow
Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Science and Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University
Japanese College of Cardiology YIA Excellence Award
The Society of Cardiovascular Endocrinology and Metabolism YIA
Okamoto Research Encouragement Award
The Society of Cardiovascular Endocrinology and Metabolism Takamine Jokichi Research Encouragement Award
Associate professor, Department of Cardiovascular Science and Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University
Japanese Circulation Society Sato Award
Bertz Award (1st prize)
Japan Medical Association Research Encouragement Award
Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Niigata University
Deputy Director of Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital (concurrent post)
Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Juntendo University